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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Seth Apter’s Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques, DVD.

Seth Apter DVD: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques

Seth Apter DVD: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques

Product Details

  • Title: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques by Seth Apter
  • Manufacturer/Brand; North Light DVD
  • Item number: ISBN 13: 978-1-4403-2421-5 of ISBN 10: 1-4403-2421-2
  • RRP at time of writing: $24.99

Reason For Buying

Having read Seth’s blog; ‘The Altered Page’ for several years now, I already liked his style of art. A trip to America to take a class with him is beyond my budget so when I heard he had DVD’s out, I jumped at the chance when I saw one of them on Amazon. Please note if you are in Europe that this DVD is in NTSC format not the European standard PAL.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • The DVD is like taking a one to one class with Seth and ideal if you can’t get to America
  • 71 minutes run time
  • Excellent menu system if you wish to go back to a particular technique easily
  • Very watchable all the way through but you can watch individual sections if you want to review a specific technique
  • Ideal if you are new to mixed media, the techniques show are very achievable with only a few materials and products
  • Add dimension with the simplest of tools that you are likely to have around the home

Cons

Personally I haven’t got any, I saw some reviews on Amazon saying it was a bit basic but the clue is in the title ‘Easy Mixed Media’.  This is a great DVD for picking up new ideas and ideal for newbies too.

Build Quality

Excellent, easy to navigate to individual sections if you wish too and very watchable beginning to end.

Value for Money

Excellent, like taking a one to one workshop with Seth.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, I love Seth’s artistic style and his tutorial style is encouraging, empowering and reassuring, which is great for those who would like to create more but are bewildered by the wealth of mixed media materials out there.

Summing up

Love this DVD, I learnt a lot of new techniques, and had lots of ideas for adapting them to  my own style rather than the sort of tutorial where you can only create the project as shown. This to me is the mark of a good tutor. Nice job Seth, and since streaming video seems to be beyond my current internet connection this DVD was ideal for me.

If you are in Europe, bear in mind this DVD is in NTSC format not PAL, that European countries use. The DVD is a region 0 disc though, so you need to check what your own DVD player will handle.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Last year I took part in Seth Apter’s online artists survey; The Pulse. This week you can hear me; Tell All, over on his blog.

The Artists Pulse v5 Chapter 8; Tell AllThe Artists Pulse v5 Chapter 8; Tell All

The Artists Pulse v5 Chapter 8; Tell All

Would you like to be involved in The Pulse of Mixed Media? There’s an open call for artists, which if you are quick, you still have time to enter. More details on Seth’s Blog.

Links

Many thanks Seth, for including me in your creative project and for putting this blog on your Art Blog directory. Seth’s work is amazing, whenever I visit his blog, he kicks starts my creativity in new directions. Rush there now, to find out more.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a past post with you as part of an online art collaboration with Seth Apter’s blog The Altered Page.

As Colour Wash inks are back in fashion here is a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Project Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Do Check out Seth Apter’s amazing blog; The Altered Page for lots of mixed media inspiration.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter.

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter

  • Title: The Pulse of Mixed Media
  • Author: Seth Apter
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • ISBN: 13:978-1-4403-1070-6

My Reason for Buying

I discovered Seth Apter after taking an online class with Julie Prichard and visited his site. Seth is not only an amazing artist in his own right but also very empowering and encouraging to new artists too. I’ve taken part in several of his online collaboration projects and when he put a call out for people to take part in a survey for his new book, I jumped at the chance and submitted my answers to the questions he pose. I couldn’t wait to see what he book would become and was overjoyed to discover that something I submitted was to be included in the book. Now the book has been released in the UK and I’ve read it, here are my thoughts.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

  • Taking the Pulse
  • Spotlight Artists
  • Section One: The Artistic Ingredient
  • Section Two: Passion in Action
  • Section Three: Secrets Revealed
  • Over 100 Artists

Pros/Cons

Pros

This book is unlike any other art book I’ve seen and I love it. Often we create alone, not everyone is a member of an art club or community and this book is full of the thoughts, hopes, dreams and insecurities of REAL everyday artists. I love that there are famous names that I recognize from the mixed media online world and from Stampington fame, but also people I haven’t heard of.

There are links to websites or blogs of artists involved, so if you discover someone you would like to know more about you can visit their sites.

Each section has a series of questions and responses from the artists, either in writing or in artworks or both. I have to admit that I don’t understand assemblage art. I wouldn’t dis it, but I had no idea at the meanings and messages that people have behind that style of art. It was fascinating to learn more about different styles of art.

It was wonderful to hear the journeys that the artists have been on, that others have insecurities about their creations and to get to hear about the thoughts behind so many projects was amazing. Often books just give a photo a title and the artist’s name. You don’t get to hear the back story to what motivated them to create the piece or what they feel about it. You do in Seth’s book.

This isn’t a ‘how to’ book, but it has a wealth of inspiration, both from the art works included, and from the questions or prompts that Seth gave the artists.

Cons

I haven’t got any.

Value for Money

Excellent.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I have been inspired and encouraged by what I read in the book.

Summing up

This book is like Seth’s whole philosophy  enquiring, encouraging, engaging and empowering. I cannot think of a better gift to give an artist who likes this style of art or who wants to learn more about it.

Is this book for you? If you can say yes to any of the following questions then this book is for you

  • If you create alone and wonder if you are an artist
  • If you are curious about the world of mixed media and want to know more about it and the people who create it.
  • If you enjoy Seth Apter’s blog and the artists you find there.
  • In Seth’s words ‘If you want to know what makes a mixed media artist tic’

Then this book is for you.

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter (Back Cover)

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter (Back Cover)

Am I biased because I’m in the book? No, I bought my copy, just like I hope you will too.  I am biased however, because I love Seth’s work and his encouraging, empowering philosophy. He is an incredible artist but he hasn’t used that in a negative ‘I’m better than you’ way, he’s used it to encourage others to follow and artistic life. It might not be the easiest path, but it is very rewarding.

Seth I wish you had been my art teacher at school, I wouldn’t have wasted 20 years trying to unlearn the negative self talk and self-doubt the teacher I did have, gave me. I have finally moved past most of that and can now embrace art, enjoy the process and experiment to discover the results with different mediums. Sure it doesn’t always work out, but now that’s ok, I’m learning about the materials as long as I have learnt something when things don’t turn out as I expected then its a journey. Thank you for showing me that art isn’t just one style (as I was taught), that it can be so many different things to different people and every one is just as valid as the next. I might not like every art style I see, nor want to experiment with a certain style, but I am open to discovering new styles and the art world is so much bigger than I imagined. I have Seth Apter, Suzi Blu and Julie Prichard to thank for that, and to them I am forever grateful.

This is an amazing book, you need it.

Links

Do check out Seth Apter’s blog, its amazing. Every time I visit I want to get materials out and get painting, it always inspires me to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Seth Apter is a superb mixed media artist and I was lucky enough to take part in his art collaboration project ‘The Pulse’. The Pulse is an interview with artists from around the world.

This sunday my comments were included in the latest part of The Pulse to be published; The Masterclass 5; Familiar Faces.

Master Class: Part of Seth Apter's mixed media art collaboration project; The Pulse

The question was asked: ‘If you could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including the present, who would it be and why?’

To find out which artist I chose, please visit Seth’s blog, the link is shown below. I am also super excited for the publication of Seth’s book in March; The Pulse of Mixed Media, as he’s told me something I submitted will be included in it.

Links

Do stop by Seth’s amazing blog, his art is fantastic and really inspires me to get the paint out, every time I visit.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Internet issues  earlier, sorry for the late posting. First a thank you to Seth Apter, where a link to my work was published on his blog yesterday. I took part in his art colaboration The Pulse, this latest section of which is called; Technique & Tool and is about what techniques and tools you cannot live without. Head over to seth’s Blog to find out more.

Also today I’d like to share a download and a couple of  video tutorials to help you create your own handmade Holiday Gift tags. They are quick and simple to make, if you have crafting CDs with images you would love to get more use from, dig out your favorites and try these out.

  • Quick & Easy Tags Part 1. VIDEO. In this film I’ll show you how to make a selection of gift tags. Follow the link for written details of the project.

Decorate the front of the tags using your favorite designs of papers & stamps. You could also use printed toppers from a craft CD. Here are my finished tags, decorated with images from Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD.

My Finished Christmas tags for 2010

Hand made, elegant and not that time-consuming ;)

  • Quick & Easy Tags Part 2. VIDEO. In this film I’ll show you how to decorate the plain tags created in part 1. Follow the link for written details of items used, from my original post. 

    Decorating your tags for gifts

    Decorating your tags

  • Gift Tag BackersThese are Christmas themed backers to print. The co-ordinate with the Quick n Easy Tag video.

 I created a printable sheet for the back of the tags, which you fill in. It looks pretty good so I thought you might like to use it too.

Elegant Tag Backers to Download
Elegant Tag Backers to Download

Christmas Gift Tag Backers 2010 There are nine tag backers to an A4 page.

BTW: Your tag backers won’t have my copyright logo on the tags themselves ;)

All you do is click on the link and it will open a new window, the backer opens up a PDF which you can print immediately or save to your computer for later. The greeting on this backer is green, as my tags were green, if you ask me REAL nicely I might make you a set with the greeting in red.

These backers co-ordinate with the gift tags created in the film; Quick and Easy Tags Part 1.

Hope you find these useful, and I’d love to see what you make with them. The downloads are for your personal use only and not for re-sale.

Links

An early heads up, check out the free download of Craft Artist software over on Daisy Trail. I adore Craft Artist and will be sharing projects made with it, very soon. Download it now, for some great crafting fun for the long winter evenings. Don’t forget to add some of the wonderful digikits to play with too ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for October 2011

Seth Apter

The Altered Page, Seth Apters amazing blog

The Altered Page, Seth Apters amazing blog

I discovered his work thanks to Julie Prichard but for those of you who haven’t yet found Seth, here is a little more about him and his work.

Who you are: 

Seth; Seth Apter from The Altered Page.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Seth: I live in New York City in the USA.

What you do:

Seth: I am a mixed media artist, blogger, soon-to-be published author, and collector of too many doohickeys, thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits to count.

An-Object-Found; by Seth Apter

An-Object-Found; by Seth Apter

What got you started in your creative journey?

Seth: A serendipitous meeting with an artist named Patricia Larsen in Vancouver, Canada. She owned a gallery at that time and although it sounds somewhat dramatic, my life was forever changed after I walked through her door. I was creative in many ways before that moment but never in the visual arts. I met her at a very transitional time in my life when I was completely open to discovering new options for myself. Patricia unlocked the artist in me and has fully supported my creative journey ever since.

What inspires you? 

Seth: Like many artists, I can find inspiration in almost anything. I think my biggest inspiration though is New York City. Everywhere I turn, I am surrounded by creative fuel. Of course there are an endless number of museums and galleries where I can experience the work of both emerging artists and famous masters. But more than that, I am inspired by the people, the architecture, the window displays, the graffiti, the design, the food, the style, and the never-ending energy of NYC.

Catori; by Seth Apter

Catori; by Seth Apter

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Seth: I would travel all over the world, set up a temporary studio in every country, absorb the local culture, and create. 

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Seth: Art for me is like a pendulum, swinging from completely isolated to socially stimulated. At one end I can get so lost in the process of creating that I lose complete track of time and become unaware of everything going on around me. At the other end, I am deeply connected to other artists through my blog and social media sites.

Blending both these extremes has brought a sense of balance to me. And that balance is what I enjoy most about my creative life.

Soar by Seth Apter

Soar by Seth Apter

Links

To find out more about Seth and his work, please visit his blog and website, details below. 

Thanks to Seth Apter for being our Featured Artist of the Month for October 2011.

Check out my dedicated page to the Featured Artist of the Month, to find out more about other artists who have been involved in earlier interviews.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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